Starting Strength Weekly Report

January 31, 2022

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On Starting Strength
  • Sword Movies – Rip and John Musser explain what makes a sword movie and talk about their favorites.
  • Rehabbing a Cervical Fusion – Will Morris DPT, SSC and Ray Gillenwater discuss Ray's injury, the cervical fusion surgery, and how he rehabbed with Starting Strength.
  • Como Avanzar a la Barra Para Hacer el Press – Xavier Lima de Starting Strength Orlando explica la manera correcta de recoger la barra para hacer el press.
  • Blue Falcons by Hannah Pralle – I talked to a psychic yesterday. Rip asked why – if she’s psychic, oughtn’t we simply commune in silence? I said because I’m not a psychic, that’s why. Anyway, she said “Nobody’s getting away with anything, right now.”
  • Trap Bars, Med Balls, and Leg Tucks, Oh My! – An Ode to Training for Strength for Aspiring Military Officers by Gregory Hess – During the last twelve years, I have had the privilege to serve as a physical educator at one of the United States’ direct military officer commissioning sources. My observations within the academy...
  • Dave by Paul Horn – What are you supposed to do when someone dies? I guess I’m lucky in that I haven’t had much experience with such things...
  • Weekend Archives: Your Gut, Your Health, and Situps by Mark Rippetoe – I have learned a few things about this over 60 years of using my own back, and almost 40 years of teaching people to lift heavy weights with theirs...

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SSC Tyler Holm squats 470 lb for a smooth single at Testify Strength & Conditioning in Omaha, NE. [photo courtesy of Phil Meggers]
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SSC Chase Lindley helps Will with getting into the proper low bar position at the recent Squat Training Camp at the Oklahoma City gym. [photo courtesy of Greg Herman]
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Starting Strength Boise owner Dave Fox watching intently for his last time. May he rest peacefully. [photo courtesy of Rachel Fox]
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The Strength Development Class learns the bench press in West Point, NY. [photo courtesy of Greg Hess]
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Austin Khamiss teaching deadlift fundamentals at Starting Strength Boston’s Open House last weekend. [photo courtesy of Arthur Frontczak]
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Chad Merrit survived his set of 5 squats at Starting Strength Katy. [photo courtesy of Josh Wells]
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Owner JD Shipley with the newly-promoted head coach of Starting Strength Houston, Tony Stein. [photo courtesy of Josh Wells]

Best of the Week

Unable to pull due to NYC gym, now what should I do?


I have been in NYC attempting to run the program for the past 18 months but was interrupted by several lockdowns and shutdowns of my gym and finally by having my membership effectively taken away due to vax requirements. I was running the program to the best of my ability and making some progress. The big issue is that I have not been able to deadlift at all because my gym prohibited any loud noises with the weights. Mind you there is a massive deadlift platform in the gym. But I was told that the noise of weights hitting the floor like that was not allowed as it intimidated members or something, and as I had already paid my membership dues I had to make the best of it.

Now I have moved to TX and have access to a proper gym where this is not an issue. My question is should I change my programming at all to compensate for how far behind my deadlift is relative to my other lifts or should I just run the program as is? I pulled for the first time the other day and I was quite focused on the form and the steps from the videos, so I didn't go too hard -- ramped to 185 1x5 which went up very easily. I feel that I could be in the mid 200s quickly, but perhaps shorter if I focused extra on deadlifts like doing 3 sets perhaps or just deadlifting instead of squatting for a bit? What is appropriate here? I worry about the imbalance between my deadlift and my other lifts, particularly squats. I historically have a weakish lower back and it fatigues easily and I suspect it may be because my back strength is lagging due to lack of pulling.

My other numbers are 5'7", 40 yrs old: Squat 305 3x5, Bench 220 3x5, Press 160 3x5. In my infinite wisdom while I was at that gym, I tried substituting a few exercises for the inability to deadlift; good morning (240 3x10) and the snatch grip high pull (200 3x10) and rows. Not sure if these matter at all, but I tried to at least hit the muscles involved. It goes without saying I have never done the clean either.

Mark Le Comte

If you can snatch grip high pull 200 for 3x10 you should be starting with a much higher deadlift than 185. IMO, normal beginner program i.e. deadlift 3 times per week until that is too taxing.


Probably not. Run a linear progression on the deadlift until you can't, and run it out as normal. What I would hope for is that you'll end LP with a deadlift higher than your squat. As the deadlift gets heavier, you may find that you need to put your heavy deadlifts on your light squat day to not tire your hips and back out too much by squatting heavy and then pulling heavy.

Best of the Forum

Strength Training with Rheumatoid Arthritis and Systemic Lupus Erythematosus.

Adriano Alves

I am 28 years old, 1.83cm height and 110 kg weight. I have Rheumatoid Arthritis and Systemic Lupus Erythematosus. I'm doing strength training for the first time in the last 3 years and I have had no problems at all like pain or injuries until now. But I really want to see your opinion or suggestions about my current training. Here my workout:

  • Monday: 92 kg 5x5 back squats or front squats and 60 kg 5x1 overhead press.
  • Tuesday: 92 kg 5x1 bench press and 52 kg 5x1 hammer curls
  • Wednesday: 92 kg 5x5 back squats or front squats and 60 kg 5x1 overhead press.
  • Thursday: 92 kg 5x1 bench press and 52 kg 5x1 hammer curls
  • Friday: Rest day
  • Saturday: 5x5 92 kg Deadlift and 10 to 15 min of boxing
  • Sunday: 5x5 92 kg Deadlift and 10 to 15 min of boxing

I have a home gym and i'm have a limited amount of weight plates, that's why I don't make much progress because I get stuck for a long time at the same weight, but recently this problem does not occur anymore.

Thank you very much and I will wait for an answer!

Mark Rippetoe

The general recommendation for training with autoimmune disease is to keep intensity high while limiting tonnage. And to do the program correctly.

Adriano Alves

So, in that case I should keep doing 5x5 like a maximum number of reps, right? Or I should lower the reps in 5x3 for example?

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